Bear Rank Requirements
To earn the Bear Badge, a Cub
Scout must complete 12 achievements out of a possible 24 that are
offered in the book. The achievements are grouped in 4 major areas, GOD,
COUNTRY, FAMILY, and SELF. Within each group, a required number of
achievements must be completed, as indicated below. Also, any
achievements that they do NOT use to earn the Bear
Badge may be used to earn Arrow Points.
these achievements, as were the Wolf activities, are primarily done at
home and signed off by an adult family member after the boy has
completed each one. The book is then shown to the Den Leader who records
the progress and also signs the boy's book.)
Achievements are as follows, page number references to the Bear Book are
If the Cub
Scout has not previously earned the Bobcat Badge, it must be earned
GOD (Do ONE of the following)
- WAYS WE WORSHIP: Complete both
the Character Connection for Faith
- Know. Name some people in history who have shown
great faith. Discuss with an adult how faith has been important at a
particular point in his or her life.
- Commit. Discuss with an adult how having faith
and hope will help you in your life, and also discuss some ways that you
can strengthen your faith.
- Practice. Practice your faith as you are taught
in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or religious fellowship.
a list of things you can do this week to practice your religion as you
are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious
community. Check them off your list as you complete them.
- EMBLEMS OF FAITH:Complete the requirement.
religious emblem of your faith.
COUNTRY (Do THREE of the following)
- WHAT MAKES AMERICA SPECIAL?: Do requirements (a)
and (j) and any two of the other requirements.
or tell what makes America special to you.
the help of your family or den leader, find out about two famous
Americans. Tell the things they did or are doing to improve our way of
out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two
out where places of historical interest are located in or near your
town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
a state; it can be your favorite one or your home state. Name its state
bird, tree, and flower. Describe its flag. Give the date it was
admitted to the Union.
a member of the color guard in a flag ceremony for your den or pack.
the U.S. flag in your home or fly it on three national holidays..
how to raise and lower a U.S. flag properly for an outdoor ceremony.
in an outdoor flag ceremony
the Character Connection for Citizenship.
- Know. Tell ways some people in the past have
served our country. Tell about some people who serve our country today.
(Don't forget about "ordinary" people who serve our country.)
- Commit. Tell something that might happen to you
and your family if other people were not responsible citizens. Tell one
thing you will do to be a good citizen.
- Practice. Tell three things you did in one week
that show you are a good citizen.
- TALL TALES: Do all three
in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk
songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country.
Play the Folklore Match Game on page 48.
at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United
States map where they happened.
two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den.
- SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH WILDLIFE: This elective is
also part of the Cub Scout World
Conservation Award. Do four of the requirements.
a bird or animal that you like and find out how it lives. Make a poster
showing what you have learned.
or make a bird feeder or birdhouse and hang it in a place where birds
can visit safely.
what a wildlife conservation officer does.
one of the following:
Zoo, Nature center, Aviary, Wildlife
refuge, Game preserve.
one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why
animals become extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR PLANET: Do three requirements.
5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of daily newspapers. Turn
them in at a recycling center or use your community's recycling service.
a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your
Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get
city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out
what happens to your trash after it is hauled away.
all the ways water is used in your home. Search for dripping faucets or
other ways water might be wasted. With an adult, repair or correct
with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses.
out more about your family's use of electricity.
part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project.
- LAW ENFORCEMENT IS A BIG JOB: Do all six
one way police gather evidence: by taking fingerprints, or taking
shoeprints, or taking tire track casts.
your local sheriff's office or police station or talk with a law
enforcement officer visiting your den or pack to discuss crime
with crime prevention for your home.
sure you know where to get help in your neighborhood.
the phone numbers to use in an emergency and post them by each phone in
what you can do to help law enforcement.
FAMILY (Do FOUR of the following)
- THE PAST IS EXCITING AND IMPORTANT: Do requirement g
and two other requirements.
your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers
or an almanac.
someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what
Cub Scouting was like then.
or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.
your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or,
talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.
out some history about your community.
your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.
the Character Connection for Respect.
- Know. As you learn about how Cub Scout-age life
was like for adults you know, does what you learn change what you think
about them. Tell how it might help you respect or value them more.
- Commit. Can you think of reasons others might be
disrespectful to people or things you value? Name one new way you will
show respect for a person or thing someone else values.
- Practice. List some ways you can show respect
for people and events in the past.
- WHAT'S COOKING?: Do four requirements.
an adult, bake cookies.
an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting.
an adult, prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch,
and one part of your supper.
a list of the "junk foods" you eat. Discuss "junk food" with a parent
some trail food for a hike.
an adult, make a dessert for your family.
an adult, cook something outdoors.
- FAMILY FUN: Do both
on a day trip or evening out with members of your family.
a family fun night at home.
- BE READY!: Do requirements a through e and requirement g. Requirement
f is recommended, but not required.
what to do in case of an accident in the home. A family member needs
help. Someone's clothes catch on fire.
what to do in case of a water accident.
what to do in case of a school bus accident.
what to do in case of a car accident.
your family, plan escape routes from your home and have a practice
a health checkup by a physician (optional).
the Character Connection for Courage.
- Know. Memorize the courage steps: Be brave, Be
calm, Be clear, and Be careful. Tell why each courage step is important.
How will memorizing the courage steps help you to be ready?
- Commit. Tell why it might be difficult to follow
the courage steps in an emergency situation. Think of other times you
can use the courage steps. (Standing up to a bully is one example.)
- Practice. Act out one of the requirements using
these courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful.
- FAMILY OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: This achievement
is also part of Cub Scouting's Leave
No Trace Award. Do three requirements.
camping with your family.
on a hike with your family.
a picnic with your family.
an outdoor event with your family.
your outdoor family day.
- SAVING WELL, SPENDING WELL: Do four
grocery shopping with a parent or other adult member of your family.
up a savings account.
a record of how you spend money for 2 weeks.
you are shopping for a car for your family.
family finances with a parent or guardian.
a board game with your family that involves the use of play money.
an adult, figure out how much it costs for each person in your home to
eat one meal.
SELF (do FOUR of the following)
- RIDE RIGHT: Do requirement (a)
and three other requirements.
the rules for bike safety. If your town requires a bicycle license, be
sure to get one.
to ride a bike, if you haven't by now. Show that you can follow a
winding course for 60 feet doing sharp left and right turns, a U-turn,
and an emergency stop.
your bike in good shape. Identify the parts of a bike that should be
a tire on a bicycle.
your bike from theft. Use a bicycle lock.
a bike for 1 mile without rest. Be sure to obey all traffic rules.
and take a family bike hike.
- GAMES, GAMES, GAMES!: Do two
up the equipment and play any two of these outdoor games with your
family or friends.
(Backyard golf, Badminton, Croquet, Sidewalk shuffleboard,
Kickball, Softball, Tetherball, Horseshoes, Volleyball)
two organized games with your den.
a game that your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how
to play it, and then play it with them.
- BUILDING MUSCLES: Do all three
physical fitness stretching exercises. Then do curl-ups, push-ups, the
standing long jump, and the softball throw.
a friend about your size, compete in at least six different two-person
contests. (Many examples in book.)
with your den or pack in the crab relay, gorilla relay, 30-yard dash,
and kangaroo relay.
PARENTS: If a licensed physician certifies that the Cub Scout's
physical condition for an indeterminable time doesn't permit him to do
three of the requirements in this achievement, the Cubmaster and pack
committee may authorize substitution of any three Arrow Point electives.
- INFORMATION, PLEASE : Do requirement
(a) and three more requirements.
an adult in your family, choose a TV show. Watch it together.
a game of charades at your den meeting or with your family at home.
a newspaper office, or a TV or radio station and talk to a news
a computer to get information. Write, spell-check, and print out a
report on what you learned.
a letter to a company that makes something you use. Use e-mail or the
U.S. Postal Service.
with a parent or other family member about how getting and giving facts
fits into his or her job.
- JOT IT DOWN: Do requirement h
and four other requirements.
a list of the things you want to do today. Check them off when you have
two letters to relatives or friends.
a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks.
an invitation to someone.
a thank-you note.
a story about something you have done with your family.
about the activities of your den.
the Character Connection for Honesty.
- Know. Tell what made it difficult to be clear
and accurate as you wrote details and kept records, and tell what could
tempt you to write something that was not exactly true. Define honesty.
- Commit. Tell why it is important to be honest
and trustworthy with yourself and with others. Imagine you had reported
something inaccurately and tell how you could set the record straight.
Give reasons that honest reporting will earn the trust of others.
- Practice. While doing the requirement for this
achievement, be honest when you are writing about real events.
- SHAVINGS AND CHIPS: Do all four requirements.
the safety rules for handling a knife.
that you know how to take care of and use a pocketknife.
a carving with a pocketknife. Work with your den leader or other adult
when doing this.
the Whittling Chip card.
- SAWDUST AND NAILS: Do all three
how to use and take care of four of these tools.
(Hammer, Hand saw, Hand drill, C-clamp, Wood plane, Pliers,
Crescent wrench, Screwdriver, Bench vise, Coping saw, Drill bit)
your own tool box.
at least two tools listed in requirement (a) to fix something.
- BUILD A MODEL: Do requirement g
and two other requirements.
a model from a kit.
a display for one of your models.
you are planning to change the furniture layout in one of the rooms in
a model of a mountain, a meadow, a canyon, or a river.
and see a model of a shopping center or new building that is on display
a model of a rocket, boat, car, or plane.
the Character Connection for Resourcefulness.
- Know. Review the requirements for this
achievement and list the resources you would need to complete them. Then
list the materials you could substitute for items that you do not
already have. Tell what it means to be resourceful.
- Commit. After you complete the requirements for
this achievement, list any changes that would make the results better if
you did these projects again. Tell why it is important to consider all
available resources for a project.
- Practice. While you complete the requirements
for this achievement, make notes on which materials worked well in your
projects and why.
- TYING IT ALL UP: Do five
the ends of a rope.
a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half hitches, and slip knot.
Tell how each knot is used.
how to keep a rope from tangling.
a rope. Throw it, hitting a 2-foot square marker 20 feet away.
a magic rope trick.
your own rope.
- SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS: Do all five
the rules of and how to play three team sports.
the rules of and how to play two sports in which only one person is on
part in one team and one individual sport.
a sport on TV with a parent or some other adult member of your family.
a high school, college, or professional sporting event with your family
or your den.
- BE A LEADER: Do requirement f
and two other requirements.
a boy join Cub Scouting, or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat
as a denner or assistant denner.
and conduct a den activity with the approval of your den leader.
two people they have done a good job.
means choosing a way even when not everybody likes your choice.
the Character Connection for Compassion.
- Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to
show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they
care about the thoughts and feelings of others.
- Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the
ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for
a leader to protect another person's well-being. Tell ways you can be
kind and compassionate.
- Practice. While you complete the requirements
for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.